TICVLOG 06: DD Palmer’s Books

TIC VLOG Episode 6 explores the question of D.D. Palmer’s two books. Both books were authored by D.D. Palmer. The first one was published by him in 1910. The second one was published by his widow in 1914. D.D. Palmer died October 20, 1913.

In 1921, B.J. Palmer republished the books as one volume. He included this in the Greenbooks series as the second Volume 4. The first Vol. 4 was published in 1908. B.J. edited the book. He took out some of the unflattering critiques about himself. He also removed other content. In the video, I mention one of the edits I found about Jim Atkinson. I am sure there are other edits to be discovered.


There are so many interesting things we could expand upon from this topic.

  • D.D. Palmer published articles criticizing B.J. Palmer’s Vols. 2 and 3. The articles started in December 1908 and continued through early 1910. These were first published in his journal The Chiropractor Adjuster. The articles were lightly edited and included in his 1910 book, Text-book of the Science, Art, and Philosophy of Chiropractic for Students and Practitioners. On the spine, it reads, “The Chiropractor’s Adjuster.”
  • Even though D.D. Palmer’s two books were published in 1921, few chiropractors knew about them. For example, Clarence Wieant, DC, PhD, published a classic article in 1979 on “philosophy” in chiropractic as a misnomer. In the article, he claimed that he did not know about D.D.’s 1914 book until the 1960s (even though he graduated in 1924!). Perhaps he just wasn’t paying attention to the new Greenbooks being published while he was in school.
  • When thinking of B.J. Palmer’s loose use of historical fact, I can’t help but think about Bob Dylan. In his autobiographical book, Chronicles, as well as of some recent songs, Dylan was accused of plagiarizing whole passages. When taken in context, it looks as though Dylan was adopting a style of writing reminiscent of traditional folk tunes, classical poetry, and a type of writing that emerged in the 1930s. Perhaps we should view B.J. Palmer’s writings alongside the Nobel Laureate?
  • The first volume of the Greenbooks was published in Autumn 1906. That book is primarily a compilation of D.D. Palmer’s articles prior to March 1906. D.D. Palmer left Davenport in Spring 1906. B.J. Palmer hired a college professor to edit the book and include several other chapters by B.J. and articles from other authors. B.J. published the second edition in 1910 and the third edition in 1917. These editions included new chapters and edited old ones.

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* Music written, arranged, and performed by Dan Mills, Mark Goodell, Adam Podd

  1. Lots of good stuff here Simon, I love the idea of aligning the curriculum with the philosophy with holism, non-linear dynamics, subtle energy, and so on.

    I was lucky enough to attend Parker College of Chiropractic and so there was a philosophical bend to most classes, even classes like physiology and biochemistry.

    I think it would be wonderful if the chiropractic technique classes were taught by an instructor authorized to teach that particular technique. Of the ten techniques we were taught at Parker, only one instructor met that criteria.

    One thing that I would love the legal ability to do as a practitioner is to write MRI reports. I see no reason why MRI interpretation could not be included in the chiropractic curriculum to make this so.

    Hans Conser
    Chiropractor in Bozeman MT

  2. I certainly envision all chiropractic science courses taught within the context of vitalism. The science of epigenetics is the logical offshoot of the role of vitalism in the preservation of health.

  3. Peter Kevorkian

    you are a master Simon. Thank you for this article and all you do for TIC. I am at the board at Sherman and it is indeed a conundrum to satisfy CCE and reform the curriculum to resemble chiropractic. I do not believe the current structure allows us to graduate chiropractors – they are clearly medipractors who can manipulate!! I plan on a reformation of the curriculum at Sherman – one that the CCE cannot refute and one that has real TIC in it. I would love to bounce some ideas off of you in the next few weeks. Hugs,

  4. Thank you Simon for mentioning a visionary curriculum and referencing it with MCQI.ORG.

    You are doing an amazing job. Please resend me the info to sign up for your philosophy course. I will take it this summer as I will have more time.



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